Maine Municipal Certification of Direct Initiative Petitions, Question 8 (1996)

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The Maine Municipal Certification of Direct Initiative Petitions Referendum, also known as Question 8, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure required that petitions for "direct initiatives" be submitted to local officials for certification by the tenth day before the petition must be submitted to the secretary of state so that there would be five working days rather than two for the certification to be completed. While the Maine Constitution refers to these measures as direct initiatives because they are created by the citizens rather than the legislature, all such measures are functionally indirect initiated state statutes in Maine. This is because they are first submitted to the legislature, which has the option of directly enacting such measures or referring them to a popular vote. This amended Section 20 of Article IV, Part Third of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Maine

Election results

Maine Question 8 (1996)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 367,994 66.25%
No555,42233.75%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-

Text of measure

Maine 1996 sample ballot for statewide measures
See also: Maine Constitution, Article IV, Part Third, Section 20

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

QUESTION 8: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to require that a direct initiative petition be submitted to local officials earlier than is presently required in order to allow 5 working days rather than 2 working days for local officials to certify the petition? [4]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes made by this measure can be read here.

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